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READS: Fiction: Sports & Westerns

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Shoeless Joe

A dreamer builds a baseball diamond amid the Iowa cornfields and waits for the outstanding, but dead, baseball players of the past to show up for a very special game. 265 pages.

Calico Joe

In John Grisham's novel baseball is thrilling but what happens on the field makes this book a classic. 198 pages.

Playing for Pizza

After a bad performance for the Cleveland Browns Rick is cut. His agent gets him a position for the Panthers of Parma, Italy! Not what he expected and holding a few surprises. 262 pages.

The End of the World Running Club

Edgar Hill is thirty-five, overweight, an underperforming husband and reluctant father. After a catastrophic asteroid strike, Edgar and his family find refuge in an Edinburgh army barracks. Returning from a salvage run, Edgar finds his family gone, taken to the south coast for evacuation by an international task force. Edgar must race across the 550 miles of wasteland to find the people he loves before he loses them forever. 456 pages.

Sacking the Quarterback

When Grayson Knight, a popular quarterback with a squeaky-clean reputation, is arrested for drug possession, lawyer Melissa St. James struggles to prove his innocence in spite of the unsettling secret he is hiding. 124 pages.

Westerns

True Grit - YA

The story of Mattie Ross, who is just 14 when her father is shot down. She leaves home to avenge him and gets some help along the way. 235 pages.

The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard

The author is famous for gritty underworld stories but he started with Westerns. These are all his stories of 18th century American West. 546 pages.

The Shopkeeper

Steve sells his NYC shop & moves West. He becomes infatuated with another man's wife which embroils him in a feud with a Nevada silver baron.

Boone's Lick

A tale of the nineteenth-century west. A blend of historical fact and sheer storytelling, the novel follows the Cecil family's arduous journey by riverboat and wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. Fifteen-year-old Shay narrates, describing the journey that begins when his Ma, Mary Margaret, decides to hunt down her elusive husband, Dick, to tell him she's leaving him. Without knowing precisely where he is, they set out across the plains in search of him, encountering grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go. 

Two Claws

Left for dead in a cold, Skagit Valley river, TA Buck survives what he shouldn't have. While he recovers, greedy men plot murders and land grabs for their own personal gain to turn the luscious valley into their own playground. With no law in Bent Hog, innocent farmers are being murdered for their land. Only a few are able and willing to stand up to the ruthless gunmen. Buck and his friends just need an edge to get the upper hand - an edge named Two Claws.

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